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ERIC Number: EJ767685
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Creating Change in Engineering Education: A Model for Collaboration among Institutions
Plumb, Carolyn; Reis, Richard M.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v39 n3 p22-29 May-Jun 2007
The United States, as well as the rest of the world, will face critical civil, environmental, energy, communication, manufacturing, and health-care challenges in the coming decades, and more scientists and engineers will be needed to address those problems. The number of jobs in the U.S. labor force requiring science and engineering skills, in fact, is growing almost five percent per year, while the rest of the job market is growing at just over one percent. Ironically, at the same time that anxiety exists concerning how to increase U.S. engineering enrollments, many potential engineering students are wondering if most engineering jobs in the future won't be sent offshore by U.S. employers to lower-wage engineers in places such as India, China, and Eastern Europe. In response to these pressures and the need for reform in engineering education, in 2003 the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation initiated a comprehensive project, the Engineering Schools of the West Initiative (ESWI), to improve engineering education by means of the collective efforts of nine primarily bachelor's- and master's-granting institutions in the Western United States. In this article, the authors describe the ESWI, an engineering-education project that can serve as a model for other collaborations among institutions, not just in engineering but also across the entire curriculum. (Contains 5 resources.)
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Language: English
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